More items dumped outside of Taree Salvation Army Family Store

What a mess: Books, clothes and shoes were among the items dumped outside of the Taree Salvation Army Family store earlier this week. Photo: Toni Bell.
What a mess: Books, clothes and shoes were among the items dumped outside of the Taree Salvation Army Family store earlier this week. Photo: Toni Bell.

Taree Salvation Army Family Store volunteers were left with a post-Christmas headache after another load of items were dumped outside the store earlier this week.

Store manager Danielle Volkers told the Manning River Times earlier this year that once items are removed from bags and thrown on the ground, they cannot be donated or sold. 

“If they can just hang onto it for another day until we’re open and bring it into the shop when we’re open then we’ll know it’s going to the right places and we can get it to the people that need it,” she said.

“We can’t be there 24/7 to accept donations and we really want and need for the dumping to stop during the night time hours.

“It’s now getting to the point that if any bags are left at the door and not in the donation bin then they will be ripped open and the goods tossed everywhere. We are hardly ever able to salvage any of the items.”

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Many took to the Manning River Times Facebook page to express their disappointment.

“Unfortunately it looks like this nearly every Monday morning, I feel sorry for the staff who have to deal with it just to get in the door. Shame on the people who rummage through it and leave such a mess and ruin items for people who are actually in need,” wrote Janelle Neisler.

“If it is rubbish, take it to the tip and PAY (as we did yesterday). If not rubbish, put it in a charity bin, or take it in when the store is open as I did before Christmas,” wrote Collen Northam.

“Given that most people working at charity shops are volunteers you would think that decent people would realise that they also deserve to have time with their families at this time of the year not dealing with other people's rubbish, I should know because I am a volunteer and we face this mess every year,” wrote Leonie Gallagher.